Uber, Lyft ar­gue against FBI back­ground checks

Baltimore Sun - - BUSINESS MARYLAND - — Sarah Gantz

Ride-shar­ing ser­vices Uber and Lyft are push­ing back against fin­ger­print-based back­ground checks for driv­ers. Un­der a 2015 state law, the com­pa­nies must be­gin back­ground check­ing driv­ers on Dec. 15 with the FBI and state fin­ger­print-based data­bases that the state uses to back­ground taxi driv­ers — un­less they can prove their own ap­proach is equally ef­fec­tive. The two com­pa­nies have filed sep­a­rate pe­ti­tions with the Mary­land Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion for per­mis­sion to con­tinue do­ing back­ground checks their way. The com­mis­sion will hold an ev­i­den­tiary hear­ing on Nov. 17 on the is­sue.

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